Planting a church is the adventure of a lifetime. I believe planting churches is the most effective way to spread the gospel, reach lost people and Make Disciples. It offers a lot of rewards but is also a challenge
Here a some things you can expect when you plant a church:
Planting a church is the hardest work of which I have ever taken part. The work never ends and as a result, a planter has to be able to go home, disconnect and BE WITH your family. You could spend all your time counseling, visiting and making contacts, following up, preparing to preach, teaching Bible Studies and completing administrative tasks. One of my church planting coaches screamed at a training, “There are three things you need to plant a church! Work! Work! and More Work!”
Plenty of Reward
Church Planting is the hardest work I have ever done but the most rewarding work I have been a part of as well. There is nothing like rallying a group of people around a mission, seeing people turn to follow Christ, baptizing them and watching them grow as disciples.
You grow more when you engage in something like church planting. It is a huge step of faith, you constantly have to depend on God and it demands that you stay in the Word, connected in prayer and in community with others.
There is probably nothing more threatening to the enemy than planting a church that will set free people from spiritual bondage. Expect spiritual opposition and anything but an easy ride. Some of your opposition will come from people in and around your new church plant. People get mad and will cause problems.
Some of the closest friendships you will ever have will come from the launch team of people that help plant a new church. It must be similar to being a part of a unit of soldiers sent in to battle. You prepare together, serve together and celebrate together.
When you plant a church, unusually nutty people will come out of the woodwork! I can’t explain it other than they haven’t been able to fit in anywhere else and your church plant is a new frontier for them to assault..uh I mean connect. Expect it! It will be awkward, a bit entertaining and potentially distracting.
Highs and Lows
At times, planting a church may resemble an emotional roller coaster. One Sunday you will be celebrating decisions for Christ, high attendance, a great offering and the next week you will be ready to throw in the towel because of some negative feedback, a poor offering or low attendance. Buckle Up and don’t take the statistics too serious.
Laboratory For Your Family
There is nothing like planting a church for you, your spouse and your kids to learn and see up close how God faithfully works to support our steps of faith. From trusting God for resources, seeing people turn to Jesus and watching people engage in disciple-making, planting a church is a perfect way for your family to get a taste of missionary life.
People will leave
I wish knowing this reality ahead of time would soften the blow to your feelings when someone you have grown to love decides to leave your new church! It hurts and there is no way of getting around it unless you just stop loving and investing in people. Keep loving and investing in people in trust God. Here’s the thing about God, he keeps making new people and He will bring some of them your way.
When Jesus gave us the Great Commission to go and make disciples he promised that he would never leave us or forsake us! God’s presence is experienced in a fresh way when you step out on faith to plant a church. God is faithful and He can be trusted.